Bernard Grenville

Sir Bernard Grenville (1567–1636) was an English politician.


He was the eldest surviving son of Richard Grenville (d. 1591), lord of the manors of Bideford in Devon and of Stowe in the parish of Kilkhampton, Cornwall and of Buckland Abbey, Devon, whom he succeeded in 1591 when he was lost on the Revenge.

He studied at King's College, Cambridge where he matriculated in Michaelmas term 1584[1].


Grenville came into the main family estates by a deed of 1586 and an indenture of 6 February 1591.

He was knighted in 1608[2].

He was appointed High Sheriff of Cornwall for 1596–97, and a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in 1598. He was a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Charles I in 1628. He was elected a Member of Parliament for Bodmin, Cornwall, in 1597[3].

Marriage & progeny

He married Elizabeth Bevill, only daughter and heiress of Phillip Bevill of Brinn and Killigarth, by whom he had four sons and a daughter, including:

He died on 16 June 1636, probably at Tremeer and was buried on 26 June at St James the Great church, Kilkhampton, Cornwall[4].


  1. Venn, J. A., comp.. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1954.
  2. A. L. Rowse, Sir Richard Grenville, 58-9, 337-9
  3. GRENVILLE, Bernard (1567-1636), of Stowe, Cornw. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
  4. Cornwall, England, Extracted Parish Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
  • "GRENVILLE, Bernard (1567-1636), of Stowe, Cornw". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
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